A good manager knows the value of bringing employees together in a space outside the office for team-building events. Holding events outside the office can be a welcome escape from the regular weekday routine, and participating in activities outside the scope of work can help your team form stronger bonds that will help increase productivity. Here are some ideas for activities that help strengthen team bonds:
If your workers sit at desks all day, they will appreciate the opportunity to engage in some light exercise. A friendly office soccer game or basketball game can bring employees closer together, especially if you frequently change teams and don’t keep score. You can also consider forming an office softball team to compete on weekends and foster camaraderie.
These types of activities can be very simple, such as the human knot, wherein the group forms a tight circle, grasps a random person’s hand in each hand, and then untangles without letting go. They can also be elaborate, such as the spiderweb, where group members design a maze of ropes and hold hands in line, then work together to navigate through without breaking contact.
Team-building activities are all about creating trust, and blindfolded games require a great deal of trust. You can start off with simple children’s games such as tag or Marco Polo—or, if you are feeling ambitious, graduate to activities such as blindfolded basketball passing (make sure to use a softer plastic ball, and don’t try to play an actual game or shoot baskets).
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